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An increase in numbers will hopefully result in higher finishes for the Warrenton cross country teams in 2018.
The Warrenton girls placed fourth out of six teams in last year’s district race, while the Warrenton boys did not score points.
Warrenton is back with experience on both sides.
For the boys, seniors Forrest Bigelow and A.J. Schenbeck are running, while senior girls include Cailin Bennett, Katelyn Carelock, Adrianna DeJesus, Madison Kadera, Sahanna Rodriquez and Pamela Talancon-Botello, “all of whom I will be relying heavily on for leadership,” said Warrenton coach Hayley Espelund Rogers. “We have a large group of young students, too.”
Rogers is expecting more runners to show up before the season starts.
The current roster includes “Nicole Hopkins, Bella Carr, Gabriel Boisvert, Forrest Cooley, Caden Weinmann, Serena Moha, Lucas Thompson and Julian Whitsett for newbies,” Rogers said, “though some of them ran track for me so I’m familiar with their ability.”
Other than the seniors, returning runners include Analysa Johnson, Kaisa Liljenwall, Anna Schenbeck, Darren Garnett and Kale Moss.
“I am expecting a very competitive girls team, with many girls close in their time ability for a 5K, even more so than last year with the additions,” Rogers said. “All of our girls are already running as well as, if not better than they were at the beginning of last season.”
The boys “were short on numbers last year, but we have had a pretty big increase in numbers and these boys are already showing a competitive spirit which will help them push each other,” she said.
Warrenton is holding its annual cross country camp in Bend (Aug. 27-30) and will host its opening meet at Fort Stevens (the “Wreck Run”) Sept. 25.